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    SICAP 2018-2022
    Welcome to the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) page.

    What is SICAP?
    SICAP is the new Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme.  It aims to tackle poverty, social exclusion and long-term unemployment through local engagement and partnership between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies.
    It was rolled out on 1st April 2015 and will run until December 2017. It is the successor programme to the outgoing Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP). 
    It is a national programme and following a public procurement process, contracts for the implementation of the new programme have been awarded. 
    Social inclusion programmes such as SICAP make a real difference to those in our communities that are suffering disadvantage.
    This short video provides an overview of the work of the programme, and this leaflet also provides a simple guide to SICAP.

    Find your local SICAP provider here.​
    To access detailed information for Programme Implementers and Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs), please visit our Supports and Resources section.
    Pobal launches research into good practice for engaging disadvantaged young people
     Getting in the dole queue, addressing external issues such as mental health, using real work scenarios and creating an environment different from school are just some of the recommendations for engaging disadvantaged young people in a report launched on Monday 23rd October 2017 by Pobal, the Department of Rural and Community Development and the European Social Fund in Ireland.
     The research, conducted by Quality Matters, looked at good practice for working with young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs) under the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP).  Summary report is available below.

    The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) 2015-2017 is funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Social Fund and includes a special allocation under the Youth Employment Initiative.